Dow Chemical's Union Carbide completes sale of ownership in Malaysia-based Optimal Group to state-owned Petronas for US$660M

MIDLAND, Michigan , September 30, 2009 (press release) – Union Carbide Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), has completed the divestiture of its ownership in the OPTIMAL Group of Companies (OPTIMAL) to Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) for an equity value of $660 million.

Under a commercial supply agreement, Dow will continue serving its current customer base in much of Asia Pacific with basic and performance chemicals products manufactured by OPTIMAL.

The proceeds from this transaction will be used for further debt reduction, in-line with the Company's de-leveraging plan.

Dow's divestiture of OPTIMAL follows other actions designed to increase Dow's financial flexibility, improve its cash flow, and reduce debt.

About The Dow Chemical Company (parent company of Union Carbide Corporation)

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